Gainesville Landscape Flower of the Month: Fall Mums

Instant impact! That's what you'll get when you put a generous helping of chrysanthemums (commonly just called "mums") in your entryway, flower border, or containers. Generally sold in ready-to-bloom form, mums add a fall finale of color to any setting. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and shapes, from small button-sized blooms to giant corsage-worthy flowers. Mum colors include white, yellow, pink, orange, red, burgundy, cream, salmon, and bi-color - which are all also great fall colors to go with Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. There are also dwarf forms that grow just 8 to 10 inches tall and standards that can reach a couple feet in height. Mums are very popular with bees and butterflies, too. 

They're only downside? They aren't this colorful year-round. As beautiful as they are for fall, they typically don't last through winter without special care and maintenance. A cold winter will freeze them down completely, but it...

September Landscape Plant of the Month - Jolt Dianthus

Our seasonal color nursery's first crop of 'Jolt' Dianthus is coming in and we're excited about these plants for fall.   This is our second year with 'Jolt' and our customers could not have been happier with its Gainesville landscape performance.

First, Jolt is an interspecific hybrid that is perennial locally. Basically, it survives throughout the year even though it struggles through the summer  These are taller than some Dianthus at 16"-20" tall and should be planted with 10"-14" spacing to enjoy the clusters of flowers up and down the plant.

Dianthus may be used in borders or containers, and make great bedding plants when massed together at commercial property entrances. Although this is our plant for September, our Gainesville Landscape clients should wait until October to plant. They will flower through winter and spring, only stopping when temperatures rise, usually in May.

They will do best in full sun to partial shade, and prefer rich, well-drained...

April’s Gainesville Landscaping Plant: Drift Rose

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

The drift rose is a prolific bloomer throughout the year that adds bright color to any Gainesville landscape. Few plants with it’s striking color also are perennial and handle our North Florida winters well, too. Whereas many other Gainesville landscaping flowers (Lantana, Firespike, Daisies, Begonias) freeze back in the winter, the Drift Rose may not be in full bloom, but at least offers a healthy green low-growing shrub.

 

How big do they grow?

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March's Gainesville Landscape Plant: 'Southern Charm' Magnolia

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

This Magnolia is a compact variety that is perfect for an accent plant or specimen for your Gainesville Landscape. It’s large leaves are glossy green on top and dark on bottom, and it is covered with blooms in the spring throughout the summer. Its large flowers are striking, larger than an average hand when open, and have a strong sweet fragrance.

How big do they grow?

Although the ‘Southern Charm’ is a dwarf variety, that is only when compared to its lineage of 30-40 ft tall trees. It typically tops out around 20’ height at maturity, making a beautiful large specimen tree for your lawn.

Where in the landscape do they grow best?

They prefer full sun and we typically design them inside of mulch beds rather than in the lawn. This is for two reasons, one being that the canopy of the tree typically hangs low and doesn’t allow...

February's Gainesville Landscape Plant: Formosa Azalea

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

There are few plants as common in Gainesville as the Azalea, especially the ‘Formosa’ Azalea. These low-maintenance plants put on a bright show when they flower, and can rarely be beat in the amount of flowers on each plant. The bloom time can, unfortunately, be shortened some years by an untimely cold snap in February or March, but they still are unbeatable in full bloom.

How big do they grow?

Formosas can grow 8-10’ tall at maturity but are commonly kept trimmed in the 4-5’ range. They’re spread can be 5-7’ wide as well at maturity.

Where in the landscape do they grow best?

The Formosa is a very versatile and Florida-friendly landscape plant - able to thrive in full sun and deep shade, although it does prefer a couple hours of shade in the afternoon for best results. They also like well-drained soil too, which helps them...

January's Gainesville Landscape Plant: Sasanqua Camellia

What makes this plant win the ‘Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month’?

Without a doubt, when the Camelia is in bloom you cannot question it’s splendor. The Sasanqua, in comparison to it’s sister Japonica variety, has smaller leaves and grows more densely. It’s glossy leaves shine beautifully throughout the year in landscape beds. It also tends to withstand our Florida sun better, too. It’s blooms are what gives it the prize, though.

 

How big do they grow?

They can grow up to 15’ tall, depending on the variety planted. It is common in...

Gainesville Landscape Plant of the Month for November: Japonica Camellia

For winter color, you can’t beat the camellia. The Camellia 'Japonica' looks gorgeously green and glossy through the winter and wows us with beautiful flowers to brighten the dull winter landscape. While many plants are losing leaves, going dormant, and suffering cold damage - the Camelia is just coming to life with white, pink, or red blooms to brighten your Gainesville landscape.

Here are some Camellia options for your Gainesville landscape!

Camellias are evergreen, long-flowering shrubs and small trees with long, dark green, glossy leaves. For show-stopping blooms look for these:

  • Camellia japonica 'Lady Campbell' has large, prolific, bright red flowers from February to May.
  • Camellia 'Ashton's Ballethas’ has fragrant, double-flowered pink blooms from October to December
  • Camellia 'Sugar' has delicate pink blooms from November to January.

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